Terms & Conditions

  1. The Jhalak Prize and the Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize are open to all UK residents of BAME backgrounds

  2. This call for submission is open to any book written in English and published in the UK between 1 Jan and 31 Dec 2021 with one important exception: books first published in another country of origin will NOT be considered.

  3. The prizes exist to support UK-based authors, publishers and agents of colour, so the book must originate in the UK and not have been published anywhere else in the world before its UK publication date. Books published simultaneously elsewhere will be considered if the author and primary agent are UK-based.

  4. There’s no age limit, the authors do not have to be British and they can have published other books before. Non-British/Irish authors who do not currently live in the UK or Ireland are not eligible.

  5. We also accept submissions from self-published authors who meet the above criteria. The only stipulation is that the book is available for sale in the UK.

  6. Please send a copy of EACH title by 15th December 2021 to the judges and to the prize administrator, who will provide addresses if you email info@jhalakprize.com

  7. The longlists for Jhalak Prize and Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize of up to twelve books will be announced in March 2022.

  8. The winners will receive £1,000 each and unique work of art created for the Jhalak Prize by an artist of colour and for Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize by an illustrator of colour.

  9. The winners will be announced on 26th May 2022.

  10. It is the publisher’s responsibility to ensure the author is happy to be submitted for the prize.

  11. Entrants must be prepared to undertake reasonable publicity and promotional responsibilities in relation to the story and this competition, including being available for readings and other events.